$45,000 up for grabs for learn-to-read tales

$45,000 up for grabs for learn-to-read tales Posted Friday 3rd June, 2011

Closing 5 August - Twelve previously published writers will have the opportunity to win a $3,000 cash prize, and nine previously unpublished writers, $1,000 in the "It's never too late ... to learn to read" short story competition, for National Year of Reading 2012 and Adult Learners' Week 2011.

The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Writing Australia, supported by the NT, Queensland and Tasmanian Writers Centres and writingWA, has been given a grant by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2011 (ALW). The judges will be looking for stories that excite, inspire and challenge audiences. Twenty-one stories (12 from published authors, 9 from unpublished) will be chosen as winners, and these will be announced during ALW 2011.

"It's never too late … to learn to read" is a short story competition to 3000 words. For some, it will be the chance to tell their own stories; for others, it will be the opportunity to imagine the experiences of an adult learning to read. Our aim is for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that “It’s never too late … to learn to read”.

This competition previews the National Year of Reading 2012, but also has the potential to improve the skills of the 46% of Australians who struggle with literacy, by using these stories to reach and inspire them. The stories will be available as free downloads for people visiting the National Year of Reading, ALIA, Writing Australia, NT Writers Centre, Queensland Writers Centre and writingWA websites, and we will record the stories so non-readers can listen to them online.

A panel of judges will be appointed by Writing Australia, seeking quality of writing, an inspiring storyline and a strong fit with the theme. Entries can be emailed to Writing Australia by 5pm on Friday 5 August (info@writingaustralia.org.au), or be posted to Writing Australia, National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT 2600. The winners will be informed on Monday 29 August with the public announcement of the winners taking place on Thursday 1 September, 2011, at the start of Adult Learners’ Week. Entry forms and guidelines at the National Year of Reading website.

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